Commonly referred to as correctional housing or halfway houses, Cornerstone supports inmates after they have served their time in incarceration. Our residential facility (Community Residential Facility or CRF) has 15 beds to house male federal offenders. As a continuum of correctional services, Cornerstone’s CRF provides these individuals with twenty-four hour supervision as well as general counselling. Through rehabilitative care and innovative programming that is tailored to the needs of the residents, Cornerstone creates an important bridge between institutional care and the community.

Under the guidance of a CRF Coordinator and Case Worker, the goal is to re-integrate each individual back into their home community (usually Durham). Supports include: 

  • employment counselling

  • addiction and mental health supports

  • educational upgrading

  • connections with Ontario Works

  • working with the Cornerstone outreach team

  • 3 meals a day plus an evening snack

  • a daily living allowance if not currently employed. 

Research has shown that halfway houses do not contribute to increased crime rates or to decreased property values. The vast majority of individuals who re-enter the community through a halfway house successfully complete their stays. Further, recidivism rates are low for individuals who have been gradually released into the community.

Click here to see our CRF Expectations.

Click here to see our CRF Application Form.

VOICES Support Group.

Operating within the mission and mandate of Cornerstone Community Association, VOICES support group exists to provide a positive space for women to connect and to heal from the devastating effects of a loved one who was historically or is currently involved in the criminal justice system by incorporating our three core values: confidentiality, hope and non-judgement. 

Andrea Kilgour and Karen MacKinnon are the facilitators of VOICES Support Group for Women. This support group reaches the unrecognized victims of crime - the families of offenders, by providing a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment for women to share their thoughts, feelings and struggles of having an incarcerated loved one and to be source of support, encouragement and hope to one another.